Librarian

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Learning resource manager

Librarians run public and private libraries, managing access to books, multi-media resources and computers.

Salary Range: £18,500 to £42,000

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How to become a librarian

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme
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University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information management accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

You’ll need some practical experience, which you can get through an internship during your first degree or by volunteering at a library.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Work

You could start as a library assistant or data officer with an information service. With experience, you could apply for certification through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and study for further qualifications while you work.

Other routes

You could join an employer’s graduate training scheme and apply for chartership through the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a librarian from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • administration skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • managing staff, budgets and statistical returns
  • using IT systems to catalogue, classify and index stock
  • dealing with counter, phone and email enquiries
  • organising IT access and solving user problems
  • keeping up to date with new publications and selecting stock
  • making sure staff follow Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Copyright laws
  • promoting library services through displays, talks and community events like reading clubs
  • attending meetings and conferences

Working environment

You could work at a library, at a school, at a college or at a university.

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Career path and progression

You could move into a senior job as a manager. Another option is to take responsibility for a specialist service or collection.

If you hold a senior position in your organisation, you could apply for professional registration of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).